rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a good, crisp IPA. Itís not overdone with the hops and it has a pine tree aroma and taste. Good, crisp, and refreshing.
Chad9976 (1268) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot of people think the IPA is an idiot-proof recipe since itís easy to hide imperfections behind all the hop character. To some extent that may true, however, if youíve got a boring or even standard IPA recipe, itís still going to come across as boring or standard. I guess thatís how Iíd describe Horseheads IPA Ė a pretty typical East Coast-style brew thatís in no way ďoff,Ē and does have some redeeming qualities, but is far from great.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I bought it at the brewery for $5.75 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Mostly clear copper/orange hue. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Flowery hops with some earthy/piney character. Quite mild overall, though.
Taste: For a beer claiming 91 IBUs, Horseheads IPA is surprisingly malt-forward. Some caramel malt and even brown sugar sweetness are present right away. Mild toasted character can be found as well. Through the middle and finish come the hops, and theyíre of the earthy/piney variety. I do notice some orange flavor as well, mostly in the aftertaste. Thereís bitterness here for sure, though the actual hop bite seems rather tame. This is a brew Iíve had dozens of times before and while itís not bad, itís just not that interesting Ė at least not to meÖ anymore. This would probably be a good introduction to the style for newcomers.
Drinkability: This is a beer that should be pretty hefty, but doesnít feel like it. On one hand itís nice to be able to quaff down an 8.6% ABV brew - what with its thin, crisp mouthfeel and smooth finish. However, I think there should be more complexity and more overall body than this.
TheHopster (847) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at "Top Hops" in NYC, back in August. My first sample by this brewer was impressive. Nice balance with citrus flavor and smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kramer (5171) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear copper body under a large frothy white head that left some sparse sticky lacing. The nose is a bit too heavy on the caramel malt sweetness than Iíd like to see for the style, combined with a less than aggressive hoppiness. Doesnít seem like my preferred composition for the style. Yeah, the flavor is even worse than the aroma. Tastes like instant iced tea with a little bit of hops thrown in. Really sweet from front to back, with very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Light to medium bodied with a little stickiness and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty poor IPA.
Ferris (5230) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Fresh pine and some grapefruit. Clear gold with a rich white head. Nice caramel sweetness and piny, grapefruit pith flavors. Pretty good.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body has light orange amber color with bit of a hazy appearance. A two finger tall white head of loose bubbles quickly settles down to a very thin covering of foam. This head makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink. The aroma is big and bold with an intoxicating floral/citrus grapefruit bouquet. There is a light malt base that adds some mild sweetness to the big citrusy grapefruit hop flavor that dominates the overall character. Its flavor is strait forward and tasty. The fruity/floral hops bring good bitterness late into the finish and hangs on the tongue. Body, palate and carbonation are in good balance for ease of drinkability and taste.
beerbill (3562) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. My first rating from this brewer. Pours a very lightly hazed warm gold with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is lightly sweet with notes of orange and grapefruit. The flavor begins with malt and is followed by some orange and grapefruit bitterness that retains much of the fruit in the flavor and does not yield to the bitterness of the pith. Medium bodied. Nice solid IPA.
Slipstream (2096) - USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour. Tangy hop aroma with dashes of somked palt and pine. Actually make that "smoked malt". No, Iím not durnk. There is orange punch, malty sweetness, and snappy hops in the flavor. A nice tingle on the palate, with some of that grapefruit pith flavor. It is a little too bitter/harsh in the finish actually - something seems a little off - but is still good overall.
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber via beer world kingston. Moderate initial hop bite. Strangly not much of a hop nose. A darker amber with minimal carbonation. Delicate sandy lacing....seen betrer. Buttery sweet with a bit of hop twang...meh and muddled.
WanderinCelt87 (191) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle a hazy amber with a light pine aroma. Taste is bitter with a nice pine taste and hints of citrus at the end.
Bulk_Carrier (2307) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade. Reviewed from notes.
She pours a mostly clear orange color and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that died within twenty seconds. Carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. What lacing there is slides into the body.
The smell has a large amount of piney hops up front with a decent backing by some citrusy hops. Malted lightly as it warms.
The taste is mainly bitter, but as it warms, a light maltiness comes out, bitter aftertaste. It has a dry piney finish.
On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit smoother than most AIPAís Iíve had, but still has somewhat of a degree of harshness trying to invade my mouth and tongue. Still good for the style and for me.
Overall, this is a good AIPA that I would have again, but would either have to move back East or seek again in a trade.